- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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POTOMAC FALLS, Va. -- Ryan Kerrigan wants the fifth-year option picked up. It won’t change anything for him if it isn’t.
Washington must decide by May 3 if it's going to add the fifth-year extension for Kerrigan, paying him approximately $7.3 million in 2015. He has one year left on his contract. General manager Bruce Allen joked about how in the NFL, “you don’t make decisions until you have to.”
But he then added, “Obviously we love Ryan and we’ll have an announcement soon.”
If that announcement involves an extension, that would please Kerrigan, who said he had not heard anything regarding his contract. He said he only started thinking about it recently because the date is approaching.
“Hopefully they do it,” Kerrigan said Monday at the Brian Orakpo Leukemia Golf Classic. “I really like it here and like the team and the area. ... But if they don’t, I signed a four-year contract. It’s not a five-year contract so I’ve got to honor that contract and play the fourth year, whether I have a fifth year or not.”
Kerrigan has 24.5 sacks in his first three seasons, including 8.5 last year. He’ll count $2.75 million against the cap this season. He also dealt with a bad knee that required arthroscopic surgery after the season.
“It wasn’t a pain thing,” Kerrigan said. “It was more of a functionality thing. It wasn’t as explosive, the flexibility was a little gone because there was some swelling in there. I didn’t feel it was too much of a hindrance.”